There is one thing you can depend on in life and that is there will be change!  Change, although sometimes can be stressful, can actually help you get overcome obstacles and move ahead with your life.  While  instituting change can be quite challenging it can also bring about a much-desired change to your life.

 

 

 

Use these strategies when you wish to alter your existence:

 

Ensure you have a clear understanding of what you’d like to change about your life. Is it your job? Initiating or ending a relationship? Moving to a place that fits you better? Write down in a sentence or two what change you seek. Be specific.

 

Know why you want the change. Being aware of your reasons for change will deepen your understanding of yourself and what you wish for your future. It can also help you tweak what it is you truly wish to accomplish. Having clarity now pays off later.

 

Explore realistic options for how to bring on the change. What do you need to do to make it happen?  Making a desired change often involves a step-by-step process rather than one big “jump.”

 

Focus on making one change at a time. Concentrate your energies on only one task. This will increase your chances of being successful. When you see that you can achieve one change, you’ll gain confidence in making other changes.

 

Find your confidence. When was the last time you did something you were really proud of? Gather your self-assurance and ignite your efforts to begin making changes.

 

Use positive self-talk. Tell yourself that you know you can create the life you want – one step at a time.

 

Discuss your wishes with your significant other. It’s important that you discuss your desired changes with your partner and that both of you devise an agreeable plan to move forward together.

 

Refuse to let anyone or anything stop you. When it comes to making an important life change, those around you might disagree with your decision to alter your life.  Listen carefully to the opinions of your loved ones. Then, proceed ahead on your well-planned course, taking their ideas into consideration if you found them useful.

 

Garner support. Surround yourself with supportive people who will provide encouragement to you in your quest for change. Join a support group or club with members who are interested in the change you’re working on. Group support can be incredibly powerful.

 

Find a great mentor. When you consult with others who have already achieved what you’re hoping to accomplish, it will galvanize you in your efforts to change. It’s wonderful to have direct contact with someone who’s done what you’re striving to do.  For the fastest results, communicate with your mentor by e-mail or telephone.

 

In Summary…

 

Making changes in life can be taxing, yet very rewarding. When you discover that you can create the life you deserve by making some adjustments here and there, you can move closer toward your goals in life with greater passion and confidence.

 

 

Your Turn…

 

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Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard


Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives?

The primary obstacle is a conflict that’s built into our brains, say Chip and Dan Heath, authors of the critically acclaimed bestseller Made to Stick. Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems – the rational mind and the emotional mind – that compete for control. The rational mind wants a great beach body; the emotional mind wants that Oreo cookie. The rational mind wants to change something at work; the emotional mind loves the comfort of the existing routine. This tension can doom a change effort – but if it is overcome, change can come quickly.

In Switch, the Heaths show how everyday people – employees and managers, parents and nurses – have united both minds and, as a result, achieved dramatic results:

? The lowly medical interns who managed to defeat an entrenched, decades-old medical practice that was endangering patients
? The home-organizing guru who developed a simple technique for overcoming the dread of housekeeping 
? The manager who transformed a lackadaisical customer-support team into service zealots by removing a standard tool of customer service 

In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switchshows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

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